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Mini tornado on Bali's coastline in Jembrana and Canggu

Mini tornado on Bali's coastline in Jembrana and Canggu

Tornado hits Bali's coastline on Perenenan / Melayan beach and damaged dozens of houses in Bali's Jembrana regency on Sunday 17/01/2021. 

Tornado hits Bali's coastline in Canggu and Jembrana

The most damage occurred in Brawantangi, ”Made Budi Utama, chief of Tukadaya village where the disaster occurred, told state news agency Antara today. “There are no fatalities in the disaster. We advise people to remain alert, because these natural disasters, including strong wind, often happen as we enter the rainy season, ”I Ketut Eko Susilo, who heads the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) in Jembrana,

 The local police in Jembrana, reportedly assisted residents in Tukadaya earlier today to fix some of the damage and cleaned up the mess in the area.

 Tornado hits Bali's coastline

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US lady hunted down by immigration officers in Ubud

US lady hunted down by immigration officers in Ubud

American twitterer hunted down by immigration officers in Ubud after starting a heated debate on Twitter making a thread about her Bali experience. The American woman, Kristen Gray, started a heated debate on Twitter after making a thread about her Bali experience. According to Indy 100, Gray took to social media to share her and her girlfriend’s experiences when they tried out Bali after spending most of 2019 out of work.While on the vocation, she became a self-employed graphic designer and lived in a “treehouse” for just $400 , compared to the $1 300 Los Angeles studio they had lived in.After living in Bali for a year, Gray said the place offered “the perfect medicine” for her physical and emotional health.She listed several benefits of living in Bali, among them safety, the low cost of living, the luxury lifestyle and that it was queer-friendly.

American twitterer hunted down in Ubud
According Eko Budianto, Kristen Gray entering Bali on January 21, 2020 legally through Ngurah Rai Airport,

Her thread didn’t have a happy ending after it went viral and came to the attention of the immigration service who want to check is she not violated her visa permit.  Eko Budianto, the head of the Immigration Division of the Bali Regional Office told local media  that Kristen Gray  previously  rented a villa in Nusa Dua that she left  two months ago. On Monday 18/01/2021 the immigration officers went to Ubud where Kristen Gray should be a present and alsovisited her sponsor on the Jalan Sunset Road in Kuta.

 American twitterer hunted down in Ubud
The backlash was immediate, with thousands of replies and quote-tweets, many of which were highlighting the impact that relatively wealthy American migrants have on local communities and gentrification.

Kristen Gray has sparked heated debate on social media and finally locked her twitter account

 American twitterer hunted down in Ubud

American twitterer hunted down 

Source : https://www.iol.co.za/

foreigners refusing to waring mask and consider covid-19 a joke

foreigners refusing to waring mask and consider covid-19 a joke

Foreigners disobey Covid rules and laughing at authorities who will increased the fines from 100.000 Rp ( 7 US$ ) to 500.000 Rp ( 35 US$ ) for not wearing a mask. Foreigners disobey Covid rules and laughing at authorities who will increased the fines from 100.000 Rp ( 7 US$ ) to 500.000 Rp ( 35 US$ ) for not wearing a mask.     The head of the public order police in the Badung administration, Suryanegara, told  his troops felt like their dignity was being harassed by ignorant foreigners, who act like COVID-19 is not real. In Bali, Covid numbers are rapidly increasing with 579 deaths and more than 20,255 confirmed cases.As a result, Bali has declared Denpasar, Badung, Jembrana, Tabanan, and Gianyar as red zones.

Foreigners disobey Covid rules and laughing at authorities who will increased the fines from 100.000 Rp ( 7 US$ ) to 500.000 Rp ( 35 US$ ) for not wearing a mask.

The fine for failing to wear a mask is 100,000 Rp [ 7 US$ )  and Suryanegara said they were now considering increasing it to up to 500,000 Rp ( 35 US$ ).For those who claim not to have cash on them to pay the fine, authorities have been making them drop to the ground and do push ups. But most foreigners consider this a joke.

Foreigners disobey Covid rules and laughing at authorities who will increased the fines from 100.000 Rp ( 7 US$ ) to 500.000 Rp ( 35 US$ ) for not wearing a mask.

How could I not be annoyed? Sometimes we feel that we have been abused in our country,' Suryanegara said of the attitude of some foreigners who had remained in Bali throughout the pandemic. They usually laugh when we tell them to do push ups. They do it, but they are laughing. There is no regret shown on their faces. It doesn't work.

Foreigners disobey Covid rules and laughing at authorities who will increased the fines from 100.000 Rp ( 7 US$ ) to 500.000 Rp ( 35 US$ ) for not wearing a mask.

He said many shouted and yelled at his officers, asking things like 'What do you know about the pandemic', 'Do you think the virus is walking around the beach' and 'Do you think we can be infected by the virus when we are riding motorbikes.They often shout at us. Unfortunately we can't scold them. It's a test of our patience. It seems that most foreigners in Bali don't believe that COVID is real.

Foreigners disobey Covid rules and laughing at authorities who will increased the fines from 100.000 Rp ( 7 US$ ) to 500.000 Rp ( 35 US$ ) for not wearing a mask.

He said when his officers were standing at roadside checkpoints, foreigners would deliberately speed up their motorbikes and some even pretended they wanted to run them down. Not only do they not wear masks, many foreigners also don't wear helmets, speed up their motorbikes carelessly. It is very unsettling.

 

 

Foreigners disobey Covid rules and laughing at authorities

Suryanegara said foreigners causing most of the trouble are from eastern Europe, often Russia. He said 80 per cent of those fined for refusing to wear face masks were foreigners.He said there was also an emerging problem that some foreigners who had remained in Bali throughout the pandemic were now running out of money, had not paid their rent and were becoming homeless.

Foreigners disobey Covid rules

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Bali vaccination finally started earlier from January 14 2021

Bali vaccination finally started earlier from January 14 2021

Bali vaccination campaign launched from January 14 2021 at the Bali Mandara Hospital with Bali governor as first Balinese injected with the vacine after the Indonesian President Jokowi was vaccinated 24 hours earlier 0n January 14 th 2021.

bali vaccination campaign launched from January 14 2021

The Head of the Bali Provincial Health Office, Ketut Suarjaya announced  the implementation schedule in accordance with directions from the Central Government. Bali itself has received 51,000 Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines. The first person to vaccinated in Bali  wil be the Governor of Bali , before the Bali Police Chief,  Chairman of the Bali District Court, director Sanglah General Hospital  and all doctors and medical personnel in Bali after the officials and health workers are vaccinated  the general public who meet the requirements will be next.

Bali vaccination campaign launched from January 14 2021

No punishment for vaccination refusal

According the Bali Provincial Health Office, Ketut Suarjaya. There are no fines for people who do not want to be vaccinated.

The Member of Commission IX of the Indonesian House of Representatives of the PDI-P Faction (PDIP) Ribka Tjiptaning firmly refuses to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

She affirmation it directly during the DPR Commission IX working meeting with Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin on Tuesday (12/11/2021). According to Ribka, no one has yet been able to confirm the safety of the Covid-19 Sinovac vaccine from a Chinese company .


Bali vaccination campaign launched from January 14 2021

Bali Province  received first 31.000 Sinovac vaccines on Tuesday (5/1/2021) which was sent by truck. then 20 thousand more on Thursday (07/01/2021) at Denpasar Airport to have a  total  51.000 vaccins present in Bali at present.

 

 

Bali vaccination campaign launched

Source : https://bali.tribunnews.com/

Alleged English drunk driver killed in Denpasar

Alleged English drunk driver killed in Denpasar

Alleged drunk motorcycle driver from the UK killed on the Jalan Teuku Umar Barat bridge on Wednesday morning (01/13/2021)  at 1:45 AM. The English foreigner Argent David (28), died on the spot after hitting the road and lost his helmet from the severe fall with his Honda Vario motorbike.

Alleged drunken motorcycle driver killed
Argent David ( 28 ) crashed on the Jalan Teuku Umar Barat, Denpasar

Medical staff  from the Denpasar City PMI and Denpasar Police officers arrived at the scene within minutes but could unfortunately not helping the victim who was bleeding from the mouth and nose.  victim instantly died at the scene. According the Police officer Iptu I Ketut Sukadi, the victim's mouth had a smell of alcohol and lost control while driving due to the influence of alcoholic. Argent David lived in Villa Waterlily on Jalan Camplung Tanduk in Seminyak, His bodies have been evacuated to the Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar.

Alleged drunk motorcycle driver

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Bali charity run for Mental Health on January 31 2021

Bali charity run for Mental Health on January 31 2021

Run for Mental Health on January 31  2021 from 4.00 H until 23.59 H to raise funds  for  81 people with mental disorders in Bali.

Run for Mental Health on January 31 2021
Picture SURYANI INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH Charity run June 1/3 th 2018

The Virtual Charity event named " Hope & Freedom,  Run for Mental Health " is organised by 7 Balinese runners from different running clubs baes in Bali. Dewi Suhendri (BURN), Ketut Indrawan (Bolla Colla Hash) Valentine Lily (Indorunner Bali), Judy Sena (Bali Trail Running), Gus Darmadi (Bali Hash), Vonny Thorley (BURN), and Kendrick Sumolang (Burn)

Run for Mental Health on January 31 2021

Dewi Suhendri, one of the organisers revealed that this activity was in collaboration with the Suryani Institute for Mental Health  which has been established since 2005, which has dedicated itself to assist  people with mental disorders  in Bali free of charge.

Run for Mental Health on January 31 2021

The target of the event  is to raise  aprox 165.130.000 Rp / aprox 12.000 US$ funds to help  81 people who are desperate in need at the  Institute for Mental Health.  These people with severe mental and physical limitations had experienced difficulties in fulfilling their basic needs before the pandemic and now  it becomes increasingly difficult and urgently need  basic needs as  clothing, food, cleaning tools and beds

Run for Mental Health on January 31 2021
Picture SURYANI INSTITUTE FOR MENTAL HEALTH Charity run June 1/3 th 2018

Anyone can  registrate online   to  participle on this event in this activity, prospective participants must register online by filling in the registration form with a registration fee of Rp 100,000 / 7 US$ per person.Suhendri said that later the from the registration fee  Rp. 45,000 will be donated directly to Institute for Mental Health

All registrate participants can  join the strava club group " Hope & Freedom "  on Sunday, January 31, 2021 and  post their running activities to support the charity event.

To have your membership conformed after the registering and payment to the bank account below  you can send to send proof of transfer via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bank Name: BCA

Account Name: Lily Suryani

Account Number: 6700092711,

Run for Mental Health

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Bali bombings survivors angry about Abu Bakar Bashir ( 82 ) release

Bali bombings survivors angry about Abu Bakar Bashir ( 82 ) release

Bali bombings survivors furious about Abu Bakar Bashir earlier release from an Indonesian prison on Friday January 8 th 2021 Bashir was the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah - the terror group behind the 2002 bombings that killed 202 people including 88 Australians. He was initially jailed over the terror attack, but his conviction was quashed on appeal.

Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release
Abu Bakar Bashir, an Islamic cleric and alleged mastermind of the 2002 Bali bombings, waves as he arrives at Al Mukmin boarding school Ngruki, upon his release after he was jailed for 15 years, in Sukoharjo near Solo, Central Java province, Indonesia, January 8, 2021. Mohammad Ayudha/Antara .

Andrew Csabi, a survivor of the bombings, says he was handed a life sentence when he walked into the Sari Club in Bali 18 years ago.
Now a double amputee, Mr Csabi says he is grief-stricken and furious at Bashir’s release.
“Eighteen years doesn't make much of a difference when you witness mass murder and what I went through,” he told SBS News. “Obviously your daily challenges, having lost a leg above the knee and half a foot in a terrorist bombing.“I really don’t believe he has changed his ways,” Mr Csabi said of Bashir. “I don’t believe he’s repented, taken responsibility or apologised for his involvement in it.”

Mr Csabi was metres away from the catastrophic bomb that took his leg and half the other foot. He lay in the rubble for hours before he was found and came about as close to death as a person can and get to tell the tale.

Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release
Survivor Andrew Csabi , photo https://onetogetherpodcast.com/

Under the cover of darkness and surrounded by local authorities, Bashir walked out of the Gunung Sindur detention centre a free man on Friday.Dressed in his trademark white coat and wearing a face mask, the 82 year old stopped for photos with prison officials.

Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release
Suspected Bali bombings orchestrator Abu Bakar Bashir released from Indonesian prison

He even made a statement thanking people for their support before heading home. The door swung open and the van drove out. Bashir has been behind bars since 2011 for sponsoring a terrorist camp. His 15-year sentence was reduced periodically for good behaviour, leading to his early release.

Bali bombings survivors furious about Bashir release
The Bali Bombing Memorial, Ground Zero was built in the memory of terror attack that took place on 12th October, 2002 in Bali. It is considered as the deadliest terror attack in the history of Bali. The simple yet elegant architecture is made from carved stones and has a huge marble plaque with names as well nationalities of those who were killed in the attack.

Bali bombings survivors furious

Source : https://www.sbs.com.au/

Indonesian socialite Richard Muljadi booked entire flight

Indonesian socialite Richard Muljadi booked entire flight

socialite Richard Muljadi booked all seats on Jakarta-Bali flight because "we ain't flying unless it's just us".  Idiosyncratic socialite Richard Muljadi booked all seats on Jakarta-Bali flight because "we ain't flying unless it's just us".

While it isn't rare to book out flights for big groups or business executives especially in Covid times, a Jakarta socialite has caught attention for booking an entire flight for just two passengers because "we ain't flying unless it's just us". Richard Muljadi had reportedly booked the two-hour flight between Jakarta to Bali for fear of getting infected with Covid-19, indicating in his Instagram stories that both he and his wife are "super paranoid" when it comes to the coronavirus.

Idiosyncratic socialite Richard Muljadi booked all seats on Jakarta-Bali flight
Life hack from Richard Muljadi: booking an entire flight is still cheaper than chartering a plane.

Had to make sure no one else [is on] this flight," Muljadi wrote, with his social media posts showing the flight's empty seats.He added, "After I’d book as many seats as possible it was still cheaper than [chartering] a PJ [private jet]. That’s the trick fellas. #lifehacks.

 Idiosyncratic socialite Richard Muljadi booked all seats

A Lion Air Group spokesperson confirmed to Detik that Muljadi was onboard Batik Air’s ID-6502 flight flying from Jakarta to Bali. The plane which carried the couple offers 12 business class and 150 economy class seats, which means the charter could have cost Muljadi between the regions of 75 million rupiah to 110 million rupiah (US$540,000 to 790,000). Muljadi is the grandson of Kartini Muljad, a pharmaceuticals magnate who at a net worth of US$620 million was ranked 42nd in Forbes' 2020 list of 50 richest Indonesians.

Richard Muljadi came in the news in October 2020 when he was escorted with two police officers  on the JL By Pass Ngurah Rai in Denpasar. The police has been slammed after the video being circulated on social media after the incident and the Head of Public Relations of the Bali Police, Kombes Syamsi stated that police can only escort community activities and not escorting private services for their own benefit during their duty. He has been mostly in the news with drug related news and arrested on several occasions.

Mermaid’s protest on Kuta Beach

Mermaid’s protest on Kuta Beach

Mermaid’s protest on Kuta Beach to highlight plastic waste crisis said was dismayed seeing the sorry state of the beach but was glad many stepped in and volunteered to clear it. However, called out big corporates to stop 'making trash.

Mermaid’s protest on Kuta Beach
Only 9% of all plastic ever produced has been recycled. About 12% has been incinerated. The other 79% has accumulated in landfill, dumps and the natural environment. Much of it eventually ends up in the ocean.

Mermaid’s protest on Kuta Beach

In a series of photo the woman wearing a mermaid costume was seen lying on the beach surrounded by a huge pile of plastic waste, highlighting the sorry state of the beaches in Indonesia, particularly Bali. The photo went viral with several environmental agencies and several communities on Instagram sharing the picture of the unique protest that got nature lovers talking online.

Mermaid’s protest on Kuta Beach

The drone images captured by Bali-based freelance photographer Wayan Suyadnya show Laura, an ocean advocate from Belgium, posing amid the trash at Bali’s famous Kuta Beach. The Belgian native, who is in Bali, said she was dismayed seeing the sorry state of the beach but was glad that many stepped in and volunteered to clean it up.

366.666 Tourists Visited Bali during news years holiday

366.666 Tourists Visited Bali during news years holiday

366.666 tourists visited Bali during  new Year holiday period from December 17, 2020 until January 3 , 2021.

366.666 Tourists Visited Bali

The domestic tourist who travelled by air, land and sea transportation was according the Bali governor a good performance . Especially with handling Covid-19 in good conditions  and  to build the trust of local, national and international communities, that we can be optimistic that tourism and the economy of Bali will rise again he said.Even when present in Bali, most domestic tourists respect the health protocols and following the PCR-based swab test for travellers flying to Bali  and the rapid antigen test for travellers using land and sea transportation.

366.666 Tourists Visited BaliNo increase of Covid-19

In general, the tourism business service establishments handled well with the health protocols. For the  moment there was no significant increase in positive cases of Covid-19, ”explained the Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster during a press conference with the Head of the Bali Provincial Health Office, dr. Ketut Suarjaya, and Head of the Bali Provincial Transportation Agency, I Gde Wayan Samsi Gunartha regarding the Handling of Covid-19 in Bali on Tuesday (05/01/2021) at Gedung Gajah in Denpasar.

366.666 Tourists Visited Bali

For the achievement of this good performance, Governor Koster on the occasion stated that he represented the Provincial Government of Bali and the people of Bali, I would like to express my appreciation and thank the Balinese people and those who have been willing to make real sacrifices for our Bali love together.

366.666 Tourists Visited Bali

"Furthermore, I appeal to all parties and the people of Bali to continue to comply with health protocols in accordance with the policies of the Central and Local Governments in an orderly, disciplined, and full of responsibility and full of awareness and patience," he said repeatedly.

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